Christian Entrepreneur Fails At Selling Jesus-Themed Shoes, Creates ‘Kill The F*ggot’ Game Instead

A Christian entrepreneur based in California couldn’t hack it with his dream job of selling Christian-themed shoes (“The teachings of Jesus Christ through quality footwear.”), so instead he dove headfirst into another, much uglier religious-based venture: A video game that allows bigots to kill virtual homosexuals.

Randall Herman released his game “Kill The Faggot” on the online-based video game store Steam. It lasted roughly two hours before Steam pulled the product citing pretty obvious violations of its terms of service. A few hours can be a lifetime on the internet, however, so several game critics were able to download and play the game before it was deleted. The results were sickening.

As Ars Technica explains, the shoddily-made game’s entire premise centers around killing gay people:

The game makes very clear that its goal is to shoot and kill gay people (with liberal use of the pejorative F-word in the game’s title, at that). Players get points for killing gay people—more points if the person killed is transgender—and they lose points for any straight people they kill. It’s hard to make a judgment call about the “most” offensive thing in this game, but we were particularly disturbed to hear the game’s announcer celebrate a kill by saying, “AIDS carrier eliminated.”

Herman states that he has worked on A-list video games in the past, but his LinkedIn profile reveals that he was merely a playtester and took no part in developing the actual games. It shows. The “game” (and let’s use that term loosely) looks like it was designed in 1990. It makes it all the more astounding that the game’s unapologetic gay-bashing is even more retrograde than its graphics.

Stunningly, Herman appears to believe he is the victim in this story. He claims the video game community has become “overly sensitive and easily offended.” On his game company website, Herman wrote:

“These people that think if you are even remotely homophobic, you are ‘hateful’ and a ‘bigot,’ and do everything they can to destroy you in every vicious way possible. So I decided to go down a path that most developers are afraid to go down: to piss these people off by making the most overly offensive game possible to these idiots to prove a point.”

It’s unclear what his “point” was, but it does not seem that he proved it.

This isn’t the first time Herman has had a swing-and-a-miss. He can trace his history through a number of entrepreneurial failures. He was briefly associated with a company called Devotor Footwear, the aforementioned Christian-focused shoe company, and even helped launch a Kickstarter campaign for the brand. He set the campaign goal at an ambitious $20,000 – it got just $72.

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Image via Kickstarter

His attempt to “prove a point” also may cost him his video game company. The backlash has been severe and other games that his company is making are being affected. Several voice actors employed by the company, including members of a well known Irish Metal band, Cruachan, have publicly condemned the company after news of “KTF” went viral.

Homophobia and transphobia are nothing new in video games, as the LGBT community has long been used as punchlines. It is rare, however, to see hatred towards homosexuals manifest itself so overtly. If Herman’s disgusting game shows us anything, it’s that our society still has a long way to go before a game like this would not only be unreleasable, but also unthinkable.